Political Dynamics and the Future of Democracy


11 a.m., May 7, 2023

Join the Humanist Forum, in person OR on Zoom.

This Sunday, we will have a talk by one of our own, Michael Abramson

Many of us feel that our democracy is in danger, but this is probably not the first time. What can we learn from history? What is different this time? And most importantly, what can we do, individually and collectively, to save and improve democracy?
Our speaker, Michael Abramson, will provide an overview of theories and models of political change. HIs slides are here: Political Dynamics and the Future of Democracy. It’s a work in progress, they will likely change before, during, and after our discussion. They already included comments from a recent discussion of this topic at humanists@UUCPA, and your discussion comments and ideas will be incorporated as well. As a result, it will be a summary of our collaborative deliberation, not just the presenter’s point of view.
Feel free to review the slides by clicking the link above and to explore the references that you find interesting. Such pre-meeting research will only enrich our discussion.
Speaker’s bio: Michael’s area of expertise is system modeling and simulation. Most of his work was related to technical and engineering applications, ranging from electromagnetics and radiation transfer to fluid and gas flows and air traffic control systems. He also had a few publications on modeling social and political dynamics, closely related to the current topic.
Michael currently works as a contractor for NASA and lives in Mountain View with his wife and close to their children’s families.

5/7/2023 Michael Abramson from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.


You can attend our forums in person with fellow humanists in the Maple Room of the Mountain View Community Center at 201 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View. Lunch will be served after the forum. We request a $10 donation for lunch. If you attend in person, COVID protocols will be followed. Vaccinations and masks will be required. If you have symptoms that may be COVID, kindly attend on Zoom (see below).

Also, we will continue to present our forums on Zoom. To join and be able to ask questions and make comments, click here.
No password is needed — our host will admit you from the waiting room. Joining the meeting via the link will download and install the Zoom app on your desktop computer (if it’s not already installed), and then take you to the meeting. You can also install the Zoom app on your computer or smart phone, and then enter:
Meeting ID: 816 5389 0712
Passcode: 250634

You can also call any of the following phone numbers and then enter the above Meeting ID and the Passcode in order to join the meeting by phone.
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
You can find international phone numbers to call here.


RSVP on Meetup here.
Like us on Facebook here.
Retweet our Twitter announcement here.
See videos of our past Forums here.
Add this event to your Google Calendar